Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sizzle by Julie Garwood (audiobook)

Title: Sizzle
Author: Julie Garwood
Narrator: Susan Denaker
My Rating: B-

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Series: Buchanan #8
Main Characters: Lyra & Sam
Release Date: December 2009
Publisher: Randomhouse audio
ISBN: audiobook
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film.
After she unwittingly captures a shocking crime on camera, a rash of mysterious, treacherous incidents convince Lyra that she's trapped in a sinister scenario headed for a violent ending. Running scared, she turns to her best friend, Sidney Buchanan, whose connections bring dauntless and devilishly handsome FBI agent Sam Kincaid into Lyra's life. As the noose of deadly intrigue tightens and the feelings between them deepen, Lyra and Sam must place their faith in each other's hands—and stand together against the malevolent forces about to break loose.

No one mixes life-and-death suspense with feverish desire better than Julie Garwood. In Sizzle, she burns hotter and brighter than ever, keeping the action and passion blazing till the incredible, unforgettable end.

My Review:
I listened to this book on audio (unabridged.) This was an 8-disc audio version and it was literally disc #3 before I felt like the story even began. Everything before that was simply setting up the story. To me, that seemed a little extreme and made it really difficult to become immersed in this story. In fact, it took a whole month before I listened to the entire story, because I just didn't ever get that caught up in the story.

But, overall, it was an enjoyable audiobook and I truly loved the narrator and how she did the accents. Her Scottish brogue for Sam was gorgeous!

I personally think that this is a book that gets too bogged down in the details. The hit man and how horrible he is at his job; the couple who are holding the garage sale; the nitty gritty details of Lyra's class assignments with all of her different options, debating the camera angles, etc....there was soooo much time spent on describing the minute details of these things, and overall, I just don't think that they helped to move the story forward at all. 

I loved Lyra's and Sam's characters and would have loved the book if we could have just spent all that extra time with them. I even really enjoyed Sidney (Lyra's roommate) and her bodyguard Max...they would have been enjoyable.

There were moments when this book simply shined and gave me a glimmer of what it could have been, but unfortunately for me, it simply just fell flat. The overall saving grace of this audiobook for me was the incredible narrator. I never thought that a girl doing a male's Scottish brogue could be sexy, but it so was! Hehe!

1 comment:

Aurian said...

Do you think it would be better to read the book? That way you can skip the boring and uninteresting parts like camera angles.